What is a Psychologist?
Are you worried about seeing a psychologist?
Not sure what a psychologist can do for you?
Psychology often comes with a bit of a stigma: “they’re a shrink,” “they want to dig around in my head,” “they just want the money.” We understand there are a lot of misconceptions about psychology, and these can make you hesitant about seeking treatment. We want to put your worries to rest. Today, we want to give you an idea of what psychology is and what psychologists do.
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What Is A Psychologist?
A psychologist is a mental health professional who evaluates and studies behavior and mental health processes. In the field of psychology, it is often recognized that there are two sub-types with respect to psychologists:
Applied Psychology - which consists of mental health practitioners.
Research-oriented Psychology - which involves scientists and scholars. Individuals who choose to go into applied psychology become therapists and counselors.
These individuals are trained to help people with various mental health disorders and their goal is to improve overall mental functioning for a person under their care. Psychologists who are tasked with performing research do not work with patients. Instead, they research the psychological phenomenon and use their data in order to support current psychological theories or create new ones.
What are the different types of psychologists?
With over 56 different classifications of psychologist recognized by the American Psychological Association (APA). Examples include Forensic Psychologist, Sports Psychologist, Health Psychologist, Child and Adolescent Psychologists. Other classifications include Educational Psychologist, and Family and Relationship Psychologists.
What’s the difference between a Psychologist and a Psychiatrist?
It’s also important to understand the difference between a Psychologist and a Psychiatrist. Unfortunately, many individuals believe these two professions are one and the same. While these two share the same goal of helping people deal with a mental health issue, their training and methodologies are different. Here are the differences:
Are licensed physicians and use the medical health model to access mental health problems whereas psychologists do not. Also, because psychiatrists receive medical training, they are allowed to prescribe medication while a psychologist is not licensed to do so.
Receive training in psychological testing, interpreting, scoring, and reporting while psychiatrists are trained intensely in other areas such as medicine and neurology. The important thing to note is that a Psychologist is trained in psychological assessments – specifically to provide diagnostic clarity. When it comes to actual counseling practices, they’re no different than professional counselors or social workers.
Find the Psychologist that’s right for you
We hope that this makes you feel more informed and comfortable with the idea of psychology. At Michigan Psychological Care our first priority is helping you find the successful treatment you need. Our care professionals have years of experience helping people throughout Michigan.